On the Land

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Passing o’er our heads

Sun draws our starry-eyed gaze

She weeps for the soil

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n.b. If we look to the earth beneath our feet we will discover that all life depends on restoring the soil to good health.

Imagine: skin sealed by concrete, tarmac and bricks; diet of insecticides, herbicides, nitrates and other manufactured supplements; burrowed into for minerals and rare metals; used as a site to fill with uncompostable waste; deployed as a testing ground for atomic weapons; stripped of cooling foliage; drained of water; compacted by herds of cattle; exploited for short-term profit of cash crops; forced to breathe noxious fumes.

How would you feel?

CLP 29/01/2019

On the Water

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Un-tied line runs free

Shove hard to clear the quayside

Let the wind take hold

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CLP 28/01/2019

Pandora

Words spoken run free

There is no calling them back

No pages to burn

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CLP 27/01/2019

Snowdrops

As Winter’s fingers

Scratch and claw at our throats

Here flowers sweet hope

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n.b. Galanthus nivalis now found throughout the British Isles, is one of the earliest plants to flower each year. A headache cure of folklore that is now used in some dementia treatments, it is a plant that helps remind us that we are moving steadily, toward the Spring Equinox, although the worst of Winter has yet to come.

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/trees-woods-and-wildlife/plants-and-fungi/woodland-wildflowers/snowdrop/

CLP 16/01/2019

On Ants

So many working

Without rest, so without thought

Still life worth living

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CLP 15/01/2019

Good Morning

Sky cleared of all

But one moment of pure joy

Inspiring bird song

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CLP 14/01/2019

Winter

Ice and snow are due

Chill fears return but also

Fresh frozen beauty

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CLP 14/01/2019

Prunella modularis

Diminuative

Modest hedgerow shuffler

Sweet fluttering notes

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n.b. The dunnock, also known as the hedge sparrow, is a rather dull creature until it opens its throat to sing. Better that way round I think. The RSPB website has a clip of the song. For me the song is the most beautiful morning wake up call, for which I am most grateful. https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/dunnock/

CLP 11/01/2019

On Love

Hollow-hearted bent

Careless of Wind’s whispering

Alive to Sun’s touch

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CLP 08/01/2019

On the Land

Ploughman’s work complete

The earth turned upside down

Sun, frost, rain revive

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CLP 04/01/2019